Somerset Lake Newsletter July 2020
 Somerset Lake Community Events Calendar
July 4th - Independence Day
July 9th - 6:30pm - Virtual Lake Committee Meeting
July 16th - 7:00pm - Board Meeting - via zoom conferencing

Thank you Mike Donovan
We hate to say goodbye!
We want to thank Mike Donovan for all his hard work on the Somerset Lake Board over the years. He has tirelessly worked for the improvement of the community and the clubhouse. He will surely be missed! We wish Mike Donovan all the best and hope he comes to visit his friends often!

We also welcome Chris Phillips to the Board to take Mike's seat. We appreciate you volunteering your time to serve the community.
The Pool is Open!
Pool Opened on Friday, June 19th, to all the Somerset Lake Residents.

There will be some changes from last year. Please carefully review the Clubhouse Pool Policy and Guidelines found  here . Check your mail box for a waiver or click   here  to print out a form, which you need to complete and bring with you to the pool on your first day. Extra copies will be on hand at the pool for your convenience. Please remember your mask.

Masks must be worn when entering, exiting, and for emergency bathroom use. Everyone has been great with entering with a mask, but keep in mind it is needed to exit and for emergency bathroom use. This helps keeps our staff safe! Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Swim time is divided into 2-hour time blocks followed by 30 minutes of cleaning/disinfecting.  Click here   for a listing of pool hours broken down by time blocks.  Reservations are not being taken. Entry is based on first come/ first serve.   The overall pool hours  are  as follows:

Monday     11:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday     11:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday   10:00 am to 8:00pm
Thursday     11:00am to 8:00pm
Friday       10:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday      10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday      11:00 am to 9:00pm

We are happy to offer this to our community.

Pets are not allowed at the pool. No matter how cute they are!

We are noticing a number of Somerset youth between the ages of 12 to 16 coming to the pool without a parent/guardian so far this summer. A signed permission form is needed to allow children from this age group to access the pool. This is similar to what has been done in past years for this age group to allow access to the clubhouse. Please click here here for a 2020 Club Somerset Youth Permission Form. Please Ddop off the completed form or send in with your child.

Please note:   We are not keeping a lost and found. Anything left at the pool will be disposed of at the end of the day.  

Water Aerobics
Water aerobics will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 am to 10:00 am starting June 29th. Watch the website calendar for schedule changes based upon instructor availability. No class will be held on Thursday, July 2nd. A signed waiver is required for all participants. Remember there is no pool furniture but participants are welcome to bring their own chair. No food is allowed at the pool. Only water or sports beverages are allowed. No glass containers at the pool. The clubhouse will not maintain a supply of pool noodles and water weights. Participants should bring their own equipment, and equipment will not be stored at the pool. The clubhouse is not open due to construction. The only restrooms available at this time are on the fitness level. Access to the fitness level is through the back pool gate and down the outdoor stairway.


Wednesday Food Trucks
Our Food Trucks have been very popular so far this summer and here is a list of the July Food Trucks scheduled.

July 1st - Wandering Chef
July 8th - Wandering Chef and Gotta Lotta Gelata
July 15 - Olé Tapas
July 22nd - Wandering Chef and Gotta Lotta Gelata
July 29th - Olé Tapas

Please remember the Food Trucks are now located at the low er parking lot by the Tennis Courts.

Please visit our website at Somersetlake.com to look at the most up to date Food Truck Calendar Schedule.

St Anthony's In The Hills
Somerset Residents,
 
Be a part of the plan for the future of St. Anthony’s in the Hills Property!
In 2018, New Garden Township acquired a 137-acre property on Limestone Road, the site of the former St. Anthony’s in the Hills parish day camp. New Garden Township obtained this unique property with the intent of preserving open space and developing a new municipal park. The Township has hired a team of consultants to evaluate the property, provide recommendations regarding the feasibility of rehabilitation of key features, and develop a master plan for the property as a public park. Your input is critical to this planning process!
Thanks for submitting Heather Brockett
Clubhouse Interior Update

We are finally wrapping up renovations at the clubhouse. The bar and coffee bar are nearly complete, appliances are in and the ladies room will have new drywall, ceilings and paint by July 4th,with new lighting, vanity and partitions to follow. The fireplace stone has been finalized and is on order. Some final adjustments to the sound and security systems with some clean up and we will be ready to...wait and have a party. Oh ya, and the 4 new flat screens are being delivered as we speak, including the new 86” tv for the media room! Very special thanks to Ed Herman has been spending countless hours bringing our clubhouse up to date and adding some custom features.

Image by Rob Belfiore
COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT
Fitness Committee
We are looking for volunteers to help decide what equipment in our Fitness area needs updating and determining options for replacement, as well as potential changes to the placement of equipment in the fitness area. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the clubhouse at  slakehouse@verizon.net . The committee will begin in early August.
Welcome Committee

We look forward to greeting newcomers. As we move forward, I think about what that will look like in the coming months of social distancing. There may be no handshakes but there will be welcoming conversations.
Image by Kim Edborg
Events Committee
We need you!

We have some really great ideas for the Community and need an Events Committee to put them into action when the time is right. If you are interested in Luminaries for 2020, A Community Tree Lighting Event, Holiday Lights Competition, or to help with or initiate any other event during the year, please volunteer. If you are only interested in one event that's great too! We need you!

If you are interested in helping, please email the clubhouse at slakehouse@verizon.net .

Lake Committee
July 2020 Lake Committee Update


SOLitude came out on May 27 and treated for blue-green algae (and will continue to do so as needed). As you may have noticed, the lake looks unusually green at this time, likely due to the Clean-Flo treatments for reducing muck. The enzymes that they applied to treat the lake are likely breaking down the muck and releasing nutrients into the water, causing the lake to be a little green. However, this is one of those cases of “taking one step backwards to take several steps forward” as the corresponding reduction in muck will be beneficial for the lake in the long run. 

Sadly, the nutrient sponges we tested to reduce nutrients were not effective in our lake, so we will not continue with this option.

For the dredging engineering project that was started this year, we are performing some preliminary sediment sampling to gain insight into the quality of the sediment, and whether there are any contaminants that could make it difficult to dispose of.

The St. Anthony’s property which is adjacent to our community was recently purchased by New Garden Township. Please visit this link to get a really cool birds-eye view of the property and to make your voice heard as to how to improve the property. The St. Anthony’s property is upstream from the lake and does impact us. 

Once again, the carp spawning was fairly uneventful as compared to several years ago. This is good news for lake quality and overall ecosystem diversity, but not so good news for carp fishing!

Bill reported that early in the season the lake chlorophyll was higher than in previous years. But the chlorophyll readings have stabilized in the last three weeks and now are in alignment with previous year’s levels. Michelle Duncan has agreed to take over the pH readings, so we are going to be able to measure the pH in the streams. This will help us to know if the high pH in the lake is coming in from the streams. We continue to work with Stroud Water Research and appreciate their partnership. Their interest is a direct result from the in-depth studies Bill Ward and his resident scientist team are doing on a consistent basis. Stroud has access to this data which helps them monitor the watershed.

Chuck Lage has spent a great deal of time on the boat inventory, but we still have six (6) boats in storage that we can’t identify. An email will go out to advise all residents that on July 1st all unidentified/unregistered boats stored on the lakefront will be removed and locked behind the clubhouse for one month. If not claimed by August 1st these boats will be put up for sale. Here is a description of the six unidentified boats stored on the lakefront.

Left Rack (If standing between the racks looking toward the lake, the rack on the left)
·          Green Pelican Canoe - Top Level Second to the right side
·          Tandem Blue/Gray Speckled Kayak - Bottom level - Left Side
Kayak Rack (If standing between the racks looking at the lake, the rack on the right that is shorter in length)
·          Green Saranac Old Town Canoe - Bottom Level - Middle
·          Green Saranac Old Town Canoe - Bottom Level - Right Side

Left Rack Closest to Road 
·          Red/White Trailblazer 100 Kayak - Middle level - Right side
·          Aluminum Grumman Canoe with blue pinstripes - Bottom Level Middle
·          Red Coleman Explorer 166 Canoe - Bottom Level right side

If you are the owner of one of these boats, please contact The Clubhouse by July 31st!

New kayak racks are almost done. Please wait until you are contacted before placing any boats on the racks. The Lake Committee would like to re-arrange some boats to maximize capacity so you may be contacted and asked to relocate your boat. In addition, each storage location will be assigned a number which is mounted on the racks, so please keep your boat in the assigned location. Once the unidentified boats are resolved and some boats relocated, we will then contact those on the waiting list, in the order they were added, and assign them a spot on the racks. Please be courteous and wait to be contacted within the next few days.
 
And last but surely not least, PLEASE be mindful of your fishhooks! We are finding more and more lures and hooks along the shoreline which can very easily be stepped on by people and pets! Pick up your hooks and throw them in the trash if you don’t want them!

The next Lake Committee Meeting is scheduled for July 09, 2020 @ 6:30 PM. All are welcome.
I mage by Kim Edborg

Architectural Committee
Walking around the neighborhood, it is evident that quarantine may have slowed but certainly hasn’t stopped home projects…new roofs, exterior painting, landscaping. If any of these activities have given you the renovation itch, check out the contents of the sample closet.
Because the closet has been temporarily relocated to the massage room on the Fitness level, you’ll need to make an appointment with club managers to look over the options. Please refer to the displays of updated sample boards and binders outlining approved exterior paints/stains, trim paints, shutter styles/colors, roofing materials, etc. approved for each home series within the community BEFORE beginning a project. BEFORE you sign a contract to have any exterior work done, you first need to get Architectural Committee approval . Any new color requests or changes must also be approved by the Architectural Committee . This approval process may take up to a month. Please complete the Architectural Request Form found under the Document Links tab on the Somerset Lakes website (www.somersetlake.com) if you will be performing exterior work such as painting, staining, roofing, tree removal, window replacement, or hard scaping. This form can be downloaded and submitted electronically. Other specific guidelines (solar panel installation, approved roofing materials, shed installation, etc.) are also available under the Document Links tab.

If you have any questions or topics for the committee to address, please contact Cheri Hadley of Brandywine Valley Properties at (302) 293-8093 or cheri_prather@hotmail.com .As always, this volunteer Committee, in cooperation with Brandywine Valley Properties, Somerset Lake’s management company, will continue to review applications submitted by the Community for exterior home projects as well as handle requests for exceptions to the Community’s existing architectural policies.
Grounds Committee
A Big welcome to Eddie Iglesias the New Grounds Committee Chair.

The Grounds Committee has been busy working on making a few improvements to help beautify the community.

The following areas are being cleared of overgrowth and debris:
1) The walking path along Buttonwood Road (between Harrington and Hamilton)
2) Sandy's Parish storm water retention area
3) Broad Run Road in front of the carriage homes to the old water pump house
4) Wooded area along Lower Rosemont

Tree work will include two fallen trees on Buttonwood Road, cutting of a dead tree on Broad Run Road along the lake, tree branches that are obtruding into the lake along the Broad Run lake walking path. Additional low hanging branches are also being trimmed at the boat storage area. In Southhampton Parish, the ash trees between houses #52 and #60 are being trimmed or removed. As well as two dead pine trees behind houses #7 and #9.

The walking trails between Buttonwood Road and the Meadows are going to be improved. Chuck and Richard Lage are heading the charge if you would like to be involved.

In the upcoming weeks, the Somerset Knoll sign will be cleaned from algae build up.

If you have any questions or would like to request improvements to any community spaces, please contact  iglesiaseddie@yahoo.com .
Traffic Safety Committee

 In the recent survey of the community, traffic and high speeds were the biggest concern expressed. As a result, the Traffic Committee will work to implement solutions to our traffic concerns, and to serve as a liaison to the Township and to PennDOT. If you are interested, please contact Chris Brendza at  cbrendza@yahoo.com  , or call 484-354-5915. The first meeting was held at 6:30 on June 23 rd.   
 



Playground Committee

Playground Update for July:

The playground build has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 18th! The committee is eager to bring this project to fruition and have a brand new playground for all the neighborhood children to enjoy.  

The build itself should only take a couple of hours. We still need a few more volunteers so if you are interested, please sign up using the link below.
Teenagers 13 and above are welcome and can earn volunteer hours for participating. Masks will be required.
Community Corner
Plein Air Painter's
 
Somerset Lake appreciates all our artists!

Looking for a new activity to enjoy by the lake? Look no further. Have you tried painting?

Our very own Plein Air Painter's were captured by Chuck Lage as they enjoyed painting by the lake. What a wonderful activity for our community to enjoy. Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork!

Images by Chuck Lage
On-going On-site Indoor Community Events (Classes and Clubs) have been canceled until further notice.
Call for Photos!
Please send to the clubhouse any community photos you would like considered for the next newsletter with your name. Photos need to be less than 5MB to be considered. Please send them to slakehouse@verizon.net.
Somerset Lake Clubhouse | Phone (610) 274-0846 | Fax (610) 274-2114 | slakehouse@verizon.net